The Good Education Group is encouraging parents to adopt No Gender December by buying a boy a Barbie this Christmas.

The movement hopes to banish gender stereotypes and encourage children to enjoy toys of any kind. The campaign began in 2014, and is supported by a range of social and educational experts, reports nine.com.au.

CEO for The Good Education Group Chris Lester says he hopes the campaign can encourage parents to give their children the best present for them – whether that’s ‘typical’ for their gender or not.

“According to those behind the No Gender December campaign, the movement correlates with the perception that STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) are fields dominated by men and avoided by women, and just as toy stores typically separate ‘girls’ from ‘boys’ toys, workplaces tend to be sharply divided between ‘pink’ and ‘blue’ jobs,” Chris said.

“There’s an exciting new wave of gender-neutral toys designed to encourage more girls to develop fundamental skills in maths and science beyond stereotypes. It might not be a quick fix but getting behind No Gender December is a good start to redressing this imbalance”

“It might not be a quick fix but getting behind No Gender December is a good start to redressing this imbalance.”

However former journo, Prue MacSween, has rallied against the idea.

“We should just throw in the towel and put every boy baby in a frock,” MacSween said. “And then we’ll say to them, you opt out if you want to be a bloke – this is the way it’s going isn’t it?

“You know, it’s just so bloody stupid,” she said. “These people need to get a job, these hairy-armpitted lefties.”

Her outburst came during a discussion centered around “No Gender December” on Nine’s TODAY Extra.

What do you think? Do you support “No Gender December” ?

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  • When a couple I know who have a girl got married I bought her a combined pack dressed as bride and bridesgroom. At the time you could also buy them separately. Some kids, especially toddlers take the clothes off them and redress them or end up losing them outside because they can’t put them back on.. My younger brother played with some of my dolls. He even put them in the trailer behind his tricycle and gave them a ride or towed my doll’s pram around with his bike. A strong piece of wire bent makes a good towing bracket and hook.


  • I have purchased my son a “Finn” doll for Christmas, the boy version of the beautiful Lottie doll. He is regularly playing with my daughter – his elder sister, but always pretending that they are boys. I don’t mind what he does. If he shows interest I am happy for him to have a play.


  • I support the movement in allowing kids to have gender neutral or even opposite sex toys but i wouldnt force my kids to have boy toys. They get what they like regardless of what sex its aimed at.


  • I do support the idea of getting kids what they like, whether it’s gender “appropriate” or not.


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